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This is a project proposal for the 2015 Wikimedia hackathon.


Increasing the accessibility of knowledge


Wikidata currently exports over 230 million RDF triples. DBpedia exports over three billion RDF triples. Using a graph database such as Blazegraph, we can unlock the enormous power of Linked Data to make knowledge discoverable. But unlocking such power is not enough; it needs to be made accessible to non-expert users so that it can be put to work.

SPARQL is great, but it's hard, and it's generally not the native tongue in development envrionments.

In this project, we will create a Web application that allows users of varying levels of expertise to create, edit, revise, and share search templates that can be used to query linked data for information.

Developers can incorporate these templates in their own applications, e.g. via a MediaWiki extension, or just a simple JavaScript snippet, to make available information relevant to their context.

Example usage

A user builds a query that takes a date and finds historical events that occurred on the same month/day. Another user uses the query on their news site to automatically show readers "what happened on this date in history", linking to other news articles.

A user builds a query that takes an academic subject (e.g. calculus) and finds related subjects (e.g. algebra, mechanics). Another user uses the query to build an application that suggests curricula that optimizes for completing prerequisites first.

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Jdouglas renamed this task from Query templates for linked data to Search templates for linked data.Mar 5 2015, 1:01 AM
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Qgil added a subscriber: Qgil.May 18 2015, 11:12 AM

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Qgil added a comment.May 27 2015, 10:23 PM

Did someone work on this project during Wikimedia-Hackathon-2015? If so, please update the task with the results. If not, please remove the label.

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This project was not worked on at the hackathon.

I've moved it to Wikidata-Query-Service, so we don't lose track of it.

Lydia_Pintscher moved this task from incoming to hold on the Wikidata board.Jun 5 2015, 10:44 AM
Smalyshev changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Aug 27 2016, 7:26 PM
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Smalyshev lowered the priority of this task from Medium to Low.Aug 27 2016, 7:26 PM
Qgil removed a subscriber: Qgil.Aug 30 2016, 2:09 PM

Can we please close this task or untangle it? As far as I can tell there are several things enmashed in this and some of them are already possible/done.

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I'll check it out and see if we can/will be doing something for it.

Smalyshev closed this task as Declined.May 3 2017, 10:25 PM

Looking into it, we did some of it (query templates) and don't have any definite plans to do the rest, given that, I am closing it for now.